Friday, January 23, 2015

The Shallowness of the Secular Worldview

What was probably meant as an encouraging article at CNN.

When we examine theology in a dry and methodical manner, it is easy to lose sight of the application in real life.

I am always on the lookout for cases where a person's theology is put to the test, and the results are made plain.
"I wasn't afraid to die. I was afraid of living without a purpose."
That is a good start - but one must ask where that purpose comes from?  And where does it go?
"What I learned from my travels was that my students had grown up to be kind and caring people."
 That's it?  And when those students are gone?
"what matters is not so much about what we learn in class, but what we feel in our hearts."
I'm sorry, but that is nothing.  It is dust.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

NSA and the Stasi

An excellent article at CNN, reminding us of what has already past - and which should not be repeated.

For those whose history class stopped at World War 2, the Stasi were the (Communist) East German secret police.

They were charged with monitoring the population for trouble makers (i.e. people who were discontent with their rulers).

They would have given anything for the levels of monitoring now available.
"Unlike the Americans we have experienced the dangers of a nation that condones unchecked state power."

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Who Am I?

"Who Am I? Identity in Christ" (Jerry Bridges)(audio) - This book seemed rather short (hard to tell in audio format), but it was encouraging.

It starts with a look at who we are in Christ, and how that is our basis for everything.

It ends with this encouragement:
"For every look you take at your sanctification, take two looks at your justification."